In case you haven’t already heard the news, the New York Jets of Ski Races, the Cookie Clash, is on hiatus until 2017. Logistical issues and lack of snow have forced this race to take a year off (think of it as a “diet,” you know, some time away from eating all of those cookies)
If winter gets it’s act together, the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival XC race will be at Dewey on Sunday morning instead of the Clash (again, this race is up in the air and is snow dependent… at least it’s forecast to be bitter cold).
The Empire State Winter Games did not disappoint! Although the venue was changed to the ski jumps because of lack of snow, the courses and the crew at the jumps (coming over from MVH) did an awesome job of running a great event. “At times it felt like we were skiing at Holmenkollen… and I felt like Therese Johaug,” said Chris “Hand of Doom” Rose.
On Friday night, under the lights, the ESWG Sprint Prologue took place. “Perhaps the toughest 3.666 minutes of racing I’ve ever done!” said Jim “Harvester of Sorrow” Kobak.
On Saturday, the distance race was shortened to 10km, or 4 laps of the brutal 2.5 km course.
On Sunday, the TourNADO finished with the 7.5km classic. Peru Nordic took home a ton of medals over the weekend, including GOLD for Chris Rose (x4), Connie Prickett (x2), Kevin Prickett (x2), Chris Beattie (x4), Silver for Jim Kobak (x3) and Bronze for Ed Lis, Brian White (x2) and Dave F’n Burt.
Connie Pricket and Brian White did some spectacular skiing, and some spectacular Superbowl picking! Both Nordiques went with the Broncos in the Big Game, and although Connie missed the MVP, she just about nailed the final score and captured her first FOAM FINGER, emblematic of Superbowl of Skiing supremacy!
The War Ensemble continues this week on Wednesday. If the Ho opens it’ll be there, otherwise it’ll be at the Jumps. Meet at 4:15ish for a 4:30 start (it’s staying light out later, you know).
Forget about elite seniors and juniors racing around the Jumps, the real action in LP this past weekend was at the Peru Nordic Masters Mediocre-Tour at MVH.
Legions of not-good-enough for the supertour skiers showed up for the four-lap race. Instead of spending thousands of $$ on USSA/NENSA Fees, these skiers invested in Mountain Brew and PBR, stayed out of the way of the “real” skiers and had an awesome race!
In the Mediocre-Tour, skiers had to ski four laps of the War Ensemble course, but each lap was determined by the mysterious VHCS “course dice.” There was potential to race anywhere from 8km to 12km, depending on how well one rolled. Oh, and of course, tennis balls played an important part as well.
Chris Rose and Jan Wellford battled for the top spot, but the big winner was Elizabeth Bouchard-Hall who finished ahead of 65% (NYS Regents Minimum Competency Standard) of the rest of the field and won the distinction of “most mediocre.”
Unfortunately, the Mediocre-Tour also brought in mediocre at best weather. The early February thaw has crippled the skiing at MVH, but don’t worry, the VHCS marches on snow or no!
It’s been a disappointing winter to say the least… however, the Peru Nordic Masters managed to get in some quality racing over the weekend sticking to their mantra “if there’s snow, we’re gonna go!”
On Saturday January 16 the Mini-Van of Evil, piloted by Stan Hatch, picked up a bunch of hardy Nordiques and delivered them to the Queensbury Glens Falls Invitational at Gore Mountain in North Creek (yes, it’s kind of confusing). Anyway, the folks at Gore were able to blow snow over a good 2 km course for the 6 km freestyle race.
Chris Rose paced the Nordiques, finishing with the 3rd fastest Masters’ time behind Adk Vauhti’s Matt Tornianen and HURT’s Dave Kvam. Rose won the heavily contested M4M division, while Nordiques Jim Kobak and Brian White completed the sweep in that category. Stan Hatch won the M5M, and Dave F’n BURT! won the M7M age class.
On Sunday, a last minute (6:45 am, to be exact) decision was made to enter the USCSA Collegiate Race at the Paul Smith’s VIC at 9 am. Quickly, the Nordiques accredited and matriculated into the Southeastern Clinton University of Medicine (SCUM) in order to be college-eligible and ready to go head-to-head with the likes of Clarkson University, Caselton College, Paul Smith’s College and UVMNSC .
Chris Rose was the scramble leg and blistered into 5th place. That’s where the team stayed as Kobak and Hatch also double-poled the 2km classic relay course on their skate skis. The team was awarded with the age-adjusted participation award of Paul Smith’s Maple Syrup!
The War Ensemble continues on Wednesday afternoon, and then more racing next weekend at Saratoga Biathlon Club… maybe?
Breaking News: Connie Prickett drinks the blood of the vanquished as she wins the 2016 Peru Nordic Tour de Ski!
For the first time, the Tour de Ski Finale was run in pursuit style… The first one across the line would drink from the Chalice!
Going into the finale, Connie Prickett had a precarious lead on the rest of the field. Her biggest challenge appeared to be from Bob Maswick. However, at the last minute, Bob pulled himself from the race, and potential Tour de Ski glory to pursue a career in alligator wrestling instead.
Other skiers followed based on their place behind the leader (using a complex algorithm calculated by the VHCS Supercomputer, of course)
Every skier skied two Laps… but, skiers had to roll the “Dice of Destiny” at least once during the race to see which course they would have to follow (yes, many skiers were introduced to new routing on Flatlander +, Flatlander X, ZigZag and/or East Mt Cutoff… believe me, it was hard to break old directional habits)
Connie’s biggest challenge came from Jan Wellford. Jan started three and a half minutes behind Connie, and with some fast skiing and savvy dice rolling, he was able to leapfrog almost the entire field and come with in meters of besting Prickett at the line. Chris Rose, in spite of rolling “double ZigZag” managed to continue his dominant skiing and won the bronze medal. Rose even had nice things to say about the VHCS supercomputer and thus was given a few “attitude adjustment” bonus points. Last year’s Tour champion, Janet Findlay started 2:15 behind Connie and managed to charge into 5th place. “I needed to roll a double Flatlander Plus to contend, and I got a ZigZag!”
Final Tour Standings
1. Connie Prickett +0:00
2. Jan Wellford +0:15
3. Chris Rose +0:45
4. Kevin Prickett +1:03
5. Janet Findlay +1:07
6. Jim Kobak +1:20
7. Brian White +1:30:00
8. Rosanne Van Dorn +1:30:01
9. Dave Hunter +1:45
10. Chris Beattie +1:50
Coming up… The HURT Mega-Relay this Saturday… Look for the team of White, Kobak, Rose and Wellford to re-re-peat!!!
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